Landscape Painting: Snowscape / Morikawa Sobun - Sekkei

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0232
Name
Morikawa Sobun
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Morikawa Sobun (森川曽文, 1847-1932) was a Japanese painter. Shijō painter. Born and worked in Kyoto. Studied painting under Maekawa Gorei and Hasegawa Gyokuhō. Member of the Kyoto Bijutsu Kyokai; took an active part in Kyoto art circles. An exhibitor with various government-sponsored shows. A distinguished painter of landscapes, figures, and flowers & birds. Miyake Gogyō and Fukada Chokujō were his pupils.

Size
420mm x 850mm
Roller End Material
Ceramic
Material of the Work
Silk
Price
JPY 80,000
Stock Condition
In stock

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Morikawa Sobun was a Japanese-style painter, active in Kyōto during the Mēji period. He initially worked as a preparatory painter for Yūzen at the Kyōto Daimaru Gofuku-ten (draper) to become a pupil of Maekawa Gorei around the end of the Edo period to the beginning of the Mēji period, and then to lean a painting technique under Hasegawa Gyokuhō. From 1880, he worked at the Kyōto Prefectural School of Painting, where he devoted himself to teaching the next generations. At the same time, he won prizes at the Naikoku Kangyō Hakurankai exhibition, the Naikoku Kaiga Kyōshinkai exhibition, and the Zenkoku Kaiga Kyōshinkai exhibition, as well as at the Paris and Chicago Expositions. He spent his later years on serving as various juries to become one of the leading painters of the Kyōto art world at that time. His works indicate that he excelled at paintings of natural landscapes, sansui (hills and rivers), kachō (flowers and birds), and portraits, based on the principles of realism, as befits the Shijō School, with his richly poetic power of expression.

Despite its small size, this work depicts a snowscape in winter using sumi ink and very light colors. Morikawa Sobun had succeeded in depicting the snow-covered landscape by leaving the screen unpainted through his skillful use of silk canvas’s own colors. While not as large in scale as Maruyama Ōkyo’s “Yukimatsu-zu Byōbu (Folding Screen Picturing Snowed Pine Tree)” (National Treasure), this is a truly impressive work of art, skillfully rendered.

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 The Japanese people have long set a high value on aesthetic senses since ancient times. As a result, the
peculiar culture which is not seen in other countries blossomed and many aspects of the modern Japanese
culture come from it. Parts of Japanese culture has been introduced to people in other countries recently,
so the number of people from other countries who are interested in Japanese culture has been increasing.
However, the Japanese aesthetic senses, which are the bases of Japanese culture, have been nurtured
through a long history, intertwining various elements intricately, such as climate, geographical features,
religion, customs and so on. Therefore, they are very difficult to understand not only for people from other
countries, but even for the Japanese people. I think the best tool which conveys these difficult senses
understandably is a “kakejiku.”
 The kakejiku (a hanging scroll; a work of calligraphy or a painting which is mounted and hung in an
alcove or on a wall) is a traditional Japanese art. It's no exaggeration to say that paintings are what
express aesthetic senses at all times and places. The kakejiku is an art which expresses the Japanese
aesthetic senses. The kakejiku has long been used in traditional Japanese events, daily life and so on since
ancient times. As a result, there are various customs of kakejiku in Japan; kakejiku and the life of the
Japanese are closely related. We can see Japanese values through kakejiku.
 The kakejiku is a cultural tradition which the Japanese people should be proud of. However, many people
in other countries don't know much about it because it hasn't been showcased as much. This is why I
decided to try to introduce it. The kakejiku world is very interesting and beautiful. We want not only the
Japanese, but also many people from other countries to know and enjoy it. I hope that many people will
love kakejiku someday.

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